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Baby-Making With An IUI

     My wife and I are on a mission to make a baby. I have written, in this blog, all about our experiences during our journey to make a baby. We have had close calls, we had our hopes fade, and we have had disappointments. But then we would try again the following month, repeating this cycle.

     I am going to sum up the journey so far, and to get myself acquainted with what I have written, and not written, to this point.

     Fifteen months ago, I had a vasectomy reversal. It was a good decision because it gave my wife and I the chance to make a baby. We had decided to try right before we got married a year earlier. We were excited and willing to “do the do” on time, every month, like clockwork.

     So I got reversed, and a month later the trying began. Every month, according to my wife’s clock and her calendar and her “piss sticks” and most of all, her say-so, we tried.  It was fun for the first couple months. Then frustration set in. Then it became work. Never had I thought that having sex would be work and I would feel pressured.

     Along the way, I had taken in 3 sperm samples to see what my army of baby-makers were up to. I found out they were there. Plenty of them. Some 20 million of them. But they were slow, almost inactive, but they were there. And that’s what mattered because we were able to keep trying.

     Several months went by and my wife and I got to the point where we weren’t watching the calendar anymore. We were doing the deed when we wanted. We tried to take the pressure off. This didn’t work either.

     We talked to a urologist and got advise on what to try to do to help. This is where he hit us with trying IUI, intrauterine insemination. This is a procedure where, after I produce sperm sample, they take it out, and put it in my wife’s uterus.

     My wife was instructed to pay attention to her ovulation times of the month. She bought a First Response pregnancy kit, where she has to urinate on one and it tells her of her hormonal levels, also known as her LH surge. When it peaks, we are to come into the clinic the following day and they will perform the IUI.

     When her levels are high, she has an egg in her uterus. When the IUI is performed, sperm is shot into the uterus. This procedure, in real easy terms, is putting the boy in the same room as the girl without having him have to walk through the front door, walk down a hallway and enter her room. This procedure skips the journey and puts the boy in the same room immediately.

     This procedure was performed a week and a half ago. We are waiting to see if this works. I hope it does. My beautiful wife hopes it does, too. I know my sperm are slow and lazy. I refer to them as a bunch of fat, lazy kids playing video games while eating licorice. I hope that with them being put in the uterus with her egg will motivate them to move their asses and hook up and get my wife pregnant.

     I hope to have news in the next week or so. Until then, I will treat my wife as if she is “with child” by not letting her do any strenuous chores, although the doctor told her to go about living life the same as usual. But until we know, we will wait.

Vasectomy Reversal Recovery Time

     It has been 4 days since I had had my vasectomy reversed. I am in a little bit of pain still, but I believe I am through the worst of it.

     The procedure went fine and according to the doctor it was successful. He said his last couple reversals were difficult and he was thinking he was due for an easy one, and I was it, the easy one. Whew!

     The nurse gave me Xanax upon my arrival and within 20 minutes almost all my nerves were calmed down. I was extremely nervous about having this. But I calmed down, and then they took me to the room where I was to have the surgery.

     They had me remove my pants and put on my brand new whitey tighties and have those down to my ankles. This was to make it easier to pull back up when I was finished. I laid down on the table and turned on my iPod and I tried to fall asleep. I never did sleep, but I was really relaxed.

     The doctor gave me 3 shots, one directly into my scrotum, the other two went right into my “supply lines” of my testes. I would be lying if I said those shots didn’t hurt. They did. Then I was numb and the doctor was on his way.

     He did my left side first, then he did my right side. I was out of there in an hour and a half. No big deal. My wife drove home, we had pizza, I ate a couple of Vicodin and I was out for the rest of the night.

     Saturday I felt alot better, little pain. Sunday I felt even better, with a little pain and Monday even better, pain almost gone. I called the doctor and asked if I had to wait the 4 days before I ejaculated. He said no if I felt up to it. The ejaculation is to clean out the dormant sperm, and to get the juices flowing through the lines, to open them up and let sperm pass through. It’s been almost 6 years since my sperm have traveled this road.

     After ejaculating, I had a little pain in my lines. There was also a faint pink color. I called the doctor and he said that is natural. I am healing and there may be a hint of blood in my sperm. Only if I see more blood or experience more pain do I need to call him and come back in.

     For now, I am still laying around. I have watched so much tv, sports, movies, news and taken alot of naps due to the Vicodin. I am not quite ready to take on the world just yet because it looks like we have alot of snow out there, and who wants to go out there if you don’t have to. I’ll send my wife!!

My Vasectomy Reversal Is Tomorrow

     Well, this is it! The night before I go to the doctor’s office and get my vasectomy reversed. I am nervous about this. Nervous because of fear, actually.

     Fear that something may go wrong and I may have pain for the rest of my life. Fear that this may not work and I won’t be able to get my wife pregnant. Fear of getting cut open and having a doctor fiddle around with the strings that my beans are connected to.

     I know, also, that I will be fine. I know that I will be okay and this will all work out. I know it’s a gamble, but I believe it will work and I actually feel like I will get my wife pregnant within 6 months.

     Tonight we ate a delicious Polish dinner, I did the laundry, taped up a bedroom for my wife to paint, at her request, and I took care of other odds and ends to help make her life a little easier because I will be down and out for 4 days following the surgery.

     I have to sit back and relax, in the brand new whitey-tighties my wife just bought me, with ice packs and the remote control. The couch will be my new home inside my home. I will take Vicodin as needed and I will just chill out. Who am I to go against doctor’s orders?

     But this is it! My last night of shooting blanks. Tomorrow my plumbing will be hooked back up. The power will be wired back in. The factory will begin putting out products. The sperm will flow. The bullets will be loaded. There will be meaning behind each shot.

     My wife’s poor little eggs. They are going to be attacked by an army that has been held back too long. They have no idea what’s coming their way!

Vasectomy Reversal…Updated

     Well I am in my final last few days of being sterile. I went to the doctor last week Tuesday to meet him, and have him explain to me exactly what’s going to happen.

     We dove over to the other side of Michigan, my wife and me, to meet the doctor, and to show my wife the way home because I will be unable to drive once I am done. I have my nerves all calmed down, and I am just nervous for the actual day. The procedure of the vasectomy reversal will be a piece of cake, according to the doctor.

     We sat in a room with him and he told us what exactly is going to happen. He will give me a little dose of Xanax. He says that this will make me extremely sleepy. He said 2/3 of the men usually fall asleep, so he encouraged me to bring my iPod while I am being operated on for the 1-1/2 hour procedure.

     He will give me 3 shots. One shot into each side of my scrotum, into my tubes that support my testes. Then one more shot directly into my scrotum to numb up the entire area. Everything will be numb and tired and I won’t feel a thing.

     Then he will make one cut into my scrotum to open up and make access to each side to perform the reversal. He said he does several of these a week and it’s easy to do, whereas if he didn’t do them as often, the procedure may take longer.

     Then when I am done and more aware of my surroundings, he told me to stop at the gas station down the road and get a cup and fill it with ice and have that sit between my legs for the ride home.

     My wife will be doing the driving, so I hope that Xanax will still keep my woozy until we get home. I don’t want that ride to seem like forever.

     The doctor also said that we can’t try to get pregnant until a month after the operation. Until then, I will need to ejaculate the 4th day after the operation, and every other day from then on, if not more. Knowing me, it will probably be every day. This is to keep the tubes open and prevent them from scarring closed.

     After that first month, I need to bring in a sample of my sperm and they will be able to tell if the army is fit for duty.

     It sounds like a piece of cake, doesn’t it? Well I hope so. The operation is next week Friday. I have 12 days of shooting blanks. 12 days with my boys being harmless. 12 days of nerves building. 12 days of anxiety to just get it reversed and get the baby-making days going.

Vasectomy Reversal ‘Patience’

     Yes! I spelled that correctly…patience…because, like Tom Petty sang, “…the waiting is the hardest part…” or so I hope.

     My wife and I have put down a deposit on the vasectomy reversal operation. We also have been playing a bit of tug-of-war with the office who is doing the procedure, because we are impatient.

     We were originally scheduled for October 22 for just the consultation, but had that moved. Actually it was moved BACK, to November 4.

     Why, you may ask, did the consultation date get moved back? Because we switched doctors and to fit into the present doctor’s schedule, it got moved back, but the actual operation date got moved up a whole month, from December 19 to November 21.

     We are very antsy for this. It’s all we have been talking about. Today, actually we really didn’t speak too much of it, because it makes us too anxious.

     We feel we are getting ahead of ourselves when we discuss baby names. My wife is the one who comes up with great names, but I am too picky, and I shoot the them down for one reason or another.

     So this is the latest on where we are with the plans. I have stopped smoking, totally, so as to help me build up a good sperm army. I don’t want anything negative working against me. I want to control as much as I can, because the uncontrollable things are already at work.

Vasectomy Reversal Update

     I have made an appointment for October 20 with the doctor who will perform the vasectomy. It is nothing big, just a consultation with him to tell me about what will happen.

     I had gone to a doctor a year ago to get the reversal, but never made the appointment for the actual procedure. But during that visit, I was informed of alot of different things.

     First of all, he asked my wife and I several questions. Do we know what we are doing? Why did I get the vasectomy in the first place? Do we know it’s not a guarantee to work? Miss, can I ask you to leave the room for a minute so I can feel your husband’s balls?

     Well, maybe not THAT direct, but he DID need to feel around to see what he was up against. Urological doctors have to get a “hands on” to feel for what they need to do. This same thing happened before I even had the actual vasectomy.

     As for insurance companies, It’s funny how they will gladly pay, in full, for a vasectomy, but won’t pay for anything for the reversal. It’s their way of cutting costs by me not being able to get someone pregnant and them having the hospital fees.

     So now my wife and I will wait for a month before we go to another doctor’s office and have some man paw around with my boys and tell me he has something he can work with.

     I am not nervous right now, I just want to get the whole thing over with. Suddenly I feel the need to speed this whole process up and see if my wife and I can make a baby already.

Vasectomy and then Reversal? 1

     I had a vasectomy almost 6 years ago, when I was with someone I should probably not have been with and definitely did NOT want to have babies with. I guess you could say she was good enough to marry (barely, but unfortunately I did), and defiantly not good enough to have a kid with.

     So I opted to get a vasectomy to shut down my baby-making plant and know that I won’t be getting her pregnant and ruining my life for ever. This woman would have taken me for everything I was worth, because we did end up divorcing.

     Now that I am remarried, we want to have a baby, or two. The woman I married is the best wife in the world, and I want to father her children, as does she want to mother mine. There is no doubt that we both want this.

     But I am still shooting blanks, and together we have decided to get the vasectomy reversed. This has been talked about for the past couple years and I finally decided that I need to man up and stop being such a puss.

     I am nervous that it won’t work. I am afraid that all the money we are saving up will be gambled away toward a procedure that may or may not take. The doctor told me that reversing a vasectomy is like taking the ends of two raw spaghetti, with a hole in the middle, and fusing them together. The way it would not work is if scar tissue forms and blocks the hole up, not allowing sperm to flow through.

     But my wife is a great, caring, loving woman, and I believe that she is worth the gamble. You never know if you don’t try, and she is worth the attempt. So within a few months, I will be reversed and will have a fully operational baby-making factory up and running again. I hope.


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